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Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish cleared to begin throwing
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

An MRI revealed Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish suffered no damage to his right elbow and has been cleared to begin his normal throwing routine. The Rangers expect Darvish to begin throwing in early December.

Darvish was placed on the DL in August with right elbow inflammation and was later shut down for the season. Before being placed on the DL, Darvish went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts.

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Report: Cubs have made 'significant offer' to Jon Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Cubs have made a substantial offer to free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CSNChicago.com.

"What I'm hearing is the Chicago Cubs have made a significant offer -- significant north of $135 million," David Kaplan of CSN said Tuesday during his "Kap and Haugh" radio show. Kaplan added the Cubs' offer is a six-year deal.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Tuesday five clubs are seriously interested in signing the veteran left-handed pitcher. They are the Red Sox, Braves, Cubs, Giants and Cardinals. Lester is expected to make his decision sometime after Thanksgiving.

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Free agent Chris Capuano considering playing in Japan in 2015
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Free agent pitcher Chris Capuano confirmed the rumors of his interest to play in Japan during the 2015 season, reports MLB Network Radio.

“There’s a lot of truth to it,” Capuano said, per MLB Network Radio. “It piqued my interest back in 06. We’re considering it.”

In 2014, Capuano went 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 12 starts for the Red Sox and Yankees.

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Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman back to full strength
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said he is back to full strength after being hobbled late in the season due to a Grade 3 hamstring strain, according to The Washington Post.

"It doesn’t hurt golfing or laying around the house," he said. "It’s good. I always have to continually change things because you have to evolve as you get older. It’s one thing I’ve realized. I’ll change some things up but I’ll be good to go."

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Phillies invite five to spring training as non-roster players
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Phillies announced Tuesday they signed pitcher Paul Clemens, catcher Rene Garcia, catcher Koyie Hill, infielder Chris Nelson and infielder Cord Phelps to minor-league contracts. All five players received invites to spring training as non-roster invitees.

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Farrell confident Red Sox are 'making every attempt' to sign Lester
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Boston remains in the mix to bring back starting pitcher Jon Lester, even though the Red Sox just agreed to big free-agent deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

"Like everyone else in the free-agent market, that’s to be determined. He’s earned the right to get to this point in his career," Farrell said, per WEEI.com. "I’m sure there’s a lot of teams that have a lot of interest in him and deservedly so. Confident that we’re making every attempt internally here and the hope would be to get him back here. We’ll get a better read on that in the coming weeks. … We’re probably a quarter or a third of the way through the offseason so there’s time and a lot of options still available to us and it will be interesting to see what ends up on our roster."

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Padres VP of scouting: Reports on Grandal 'were all good'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Padres vice president of scouting operations Don Welke said he heard good things about catcher Yasmani Grandal, who hit .328 with a .469 on-base percentage in the Dominican winter league. He also had seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 19 games, while totaling 18 walks against 15 strikeouts.

"The reports were all good on Grandal," Welke said, per MLB.com. "He looked sharper offensively and defensively. You know he's doing good when quite a few teams express interest in him. I think he's got a chance to have a lot of impact."

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Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak outrighted to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Twins announced Tuesday they have outrighted pitcher Anthony Swarzak to Triple-A Rochester. He went 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 50 appearances (four starts) in 2014.

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Giants third base coach Tim Flannery resigns Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tim Flannery has resigned from his post as the Giants third base coach, according to SFGate.com.

Flannery said he wants to spend more time with his family as one reasons for him stepping down after 33 years in pro baseball. He has spent the last eight seasons with the Giants. He totaled 18 years as a coach, which included 15 years at the major-league level.

"I call it the god-damned blessed road," Flannery said. "I’ve buried friends. I’ve put friends in rehab. I’ve watched marriages dissolve. There’s a lot of collateral damage in this lifestyle I’ve had for 33 years. I’m going to send myself home safely.

"Physically, the grind of the season, and the way I demand how I work and what I expect of myself, I just didn’t feel I was capable in a quick turnaround to do it again.

"I had no desire to manage. This has all been thought-out. This is not a knee-jerk reaction. So then you ask yourself, what else are you going to do? Keep coaching third till drop over? Win a fourth world championship? A fifth? What else can I do in the next phase of my life? I need to stay home a little while and enjoy what we have just accomplished, or else it doesn’t mean anything."

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White Sox's Ventura expects Alexei Ramirez to remain with team
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

White Sox manager Robin Ventura appears to be very confident shortstop Alexei Ramirez will be back with the team in 2015, despite Ramirez being mentioned heavily in trade rumors.

"I don't expect Alexei to go anywhere. I expect him to be my shortstop," Ventura said, per the Chicago Sun-Times.

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